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No More #InstagramLikes? Chaos Ensues On Social Media As Instagram Initiates Test Run To Hide Likes

(Last Updated On: July 18, 2019)

In tune with the world’s scholars’ concern of overgrowing pressure of social media, Instagram seems to be up to something. Everyone’s favorite photo sharing giant is currently doing a test run to hide the number of likes that we see against every post.

Yes, you read that right. If everything goes as per the plan, Instagram just may soon hide the number of likes that we see against every pic and video that we upload. (What’s the point of uploading now? Right?)

As the app, Instagram is currently running a test that hides the total number of likes and video views for some people in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. The social media platform aims to “remove the pressure” of obtaining more and more likes a post can receive.

A similar test was run in Canada in May and the new test is rolling out in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Brazil, the company told the BBC.

The apparent goal of the app’s new initiative is to make users feel less judged and conscious about how their shares and uploads are received out there in the world of social media. The app reportedly wants to “help people focus less on likes and more on telling their story.”

The trial test will not affect the businesses much since social media users can still see the list of people who liked other people’s content by clicking into it.

Well, Instagram’s trial is getting mixed response on social media as of now. While some are welcoming the move, some are not very happy about it and the rests few just don’t care.

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